Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Brasserie 7 Restaurant On Abbey Street (I Was Their First Very Customer)

New Brasserie 7 Restaurant On Abbey Street (I Was Their First Very Customer)

New Brasserie 7 Restaurant On Abbey Street (I Was Their First Very Customer)

New Brasserie 7 Restaurant On Abbey Street (I Was Their First Very Customer)

Abbey Street is located on Dublin's Northside and is one of the principal shopping streets of Dublin, running from the Customs House in the east to Capel Street in the west. The street is served by two Luas light rail stops, one at the Jervis shopping centre and the other near O'Connell Street.

The National Theatre of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre is located on Abbey Street as is the Peacock theatre.

The old buildings of the Irish Independent newspaper 'Independent House' are located on Middle Abbey Street. (The offices have since moved to Talbot Street).

St. Mary's Abbey is on Meetinghouse Lane off Abbey Street.

The Royal Hibernian Academy used be located in Lower Abbey Street but was destroyed in 1916.

In 1785, James Napper Tandy stayed at 180 before eventually fleeing to the United States.

George Frideric Handel stayed in Abbey Street while in Dublin producing Messiah at Fishamble Street in 1742.

In 1900, Maud Gonne founded Inghinidhe na hÉireann (The Daughters of Erin) at 32 Lower Abbey Street.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Swai Malaysian Restaurant - Dublin Docklands

Some reviewers have described the Swai Malaysian Restaurant as one of Dublin's best kept secrets. Because of its location it is inclined to be very quite and when I visit (3pm) it is usually empty which is a great pity because the food is good and the price for lunch is less than €9.00

The restaurant is located in a unique building opposite the Clarion Hotel with beautiful views (especially on a sunny day) across Dublin Docklands and the River Liffey.

Streets Of Dublin - Salamanca Tapas Bar

Dublins Oldest and Best Chipper (Chip shop) - Leo Burdock

Monday, December 3, 2012

Malahide - Restaurant (has ceased trading)

Malahide's roots are to be found in the far distant past. Recent excavations have revealed traces of a settlement dating back to 6000BC. The Danes made encroachments in the 8th century and established a base, and finally in the 12th century, the Normans made their appearance with the installation of Sir Richard Talbot as Lord of Malahide Estate in 1174. That dynasty lasted for 8 centuries up to the death of Milo Talbot in 1973. Malahide Castle and demesne is now under the care of Dublin County Council.

In the 18th and early 19th century Malahide was very much a thriving industrial centre. Industries included a silk factory, cotton manufacturing, salt works and cod liver oil manufacture. The coming of rail links in the 19th century began the development of Malahide as both a residential and tourist town. Valiant local effort has ensured that despite its aura of modernity, Malahide still retains its Old World charm and elegance.

Zaytoon Persian Restaurant (Dublin)

Restaurant: BamBoo (was Salamanca)

BamBoo Sushi and Grill which is owned and run by the Salamanca Group, is ideally located across from Dublin Castle and City Hall and is a stone throw from the legendary Olympia Theatre as well as Dublin's night life and shopping areas.

Head Chef Marcus Davies, originally from South Wales has spent many years working in high profile Asian-inspired restaurants in Dublin and Amsterdam. He said “I have a passion for all things Asian; I spent some time traveling through Asia, in particular in some areas of Japan gathering inspiration for my cooking.”

BamBoo Sushi & Grill offers Diners a Modern Creative Food Choice that is unique to them at amazing prices!! The main Menu is comprised of three parts, Appetiser/ Tapas section, BamBoo Grill Menu, and creative Sushi Menu. Where else would you get Prime Irish Steak, sizzling Prawns and Sushi on one menu all presented perfectly!!. Chilled Funky Beats and Cocktails are also a big feature at BamBoo Sushi & Grill.

Yamamori Izakaya Japanese Restaurant On George's Street

YAMAMORI IZAKAYA is located at 12-13 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, in what was originally Ireland’s very first cafe. This old Bewleys building boasts original oriental style decor with a twist.

Restaurant On Upper Stephen Street (Dublin)

Restaurant On Upper Stephen Street (Dublin)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Early Bird Ate Too Many Worms And Died

Wan Fu Chinese Restaurant In Cobh (County Cork)

Toki Doki Noodle Bar (Lord Edward Street)

Mi Thai Restaurant On Manor Street - Stoneybatter Area Of Dublin

Seven Grill House - Stoneybatter Area Of Dublin (Manor Street/Manor Place)

Basilico Restaurant Stoneybatter Area Of Dublin (Manor Street/Prussia Street)

Stoneybatter is an area situated on the Northside of the city between the River Liffey, the North Circular Road, Smithfield Market, and Grangegorman. It is located in the Dublin 7 postal district.

Apart from the striking artisan dwellings, the area is also known for the prominent Viking street names. For example, there is Viking Road, Olaf Road, Thor Place, Sitric Road, Norseman Place, Ard Ri Road, Malachi Road, Ostman Place, Sigurd Road and Harold Road. In the twelfth century when Viking Dublin was well established. At the time of the Norman invasion, the Vikings or Ostmen (men of the East), as they called themselves were exiled to the north of the Liffey where they founded the hamlet of Ostmenstown later to become Oxmantown.

The northern end of Stoneybatter derives its name of Manor Street, bestowed in 1780, from the Manor of Grangegorman in which it was located. The Manor itself was later transformed into a police barracks. During the reign of Charles II (1660-1680), the Manor was held by Sir Thomas Stanley, a knight of Henry Cromwell and a staunch supporter of the Restoration. The short thoroughfare in Stoneybatter called Stanley Street is named after him.

Restaurant: Luigi Malones [Dublin-238]

Temple Bar has two identities in that during the day it is "family friendly" but at night it is not suitable for children. Personally, while I live near the area I do my best to avoid it at night especially as Tante Zoes (my favorite restaurant) has closed.

Temple Bar located on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin. Unlike the areas surrounding it, Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets. It is promoted as "Dublin's cultural quarter" and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists.

The area is the location of many Irish cultural institutions, including the Irish Photography Centre (incorporating the Dublin Institute of Photography, the National Photographic Archives and the Gallery of Photography), the Ark Children's Cultural Centre, the Irish Film Institute, incorporating the Irish Film Archive, the Temple Bar Music Centre, the Arthouse Multimedia Centre, Temple Bar Gallery and Studio, the Project Arts Centre, the Gaiety School of Acting, IBAT College Dublin, as well as the Irish Stock Exchange and the Central Bank of Ireland. [Note: this list changes on a regular basis and some mentioned above may no longer exist]

After dark, the area is a major centre for nightlife, with many tourist-focused nightclubs, restaurants and bars. Pubs in the area include The Porterhouse, the Oliver St. John Gogarty, the Turk's Head, the Temple Bar, Czech Inn (in the former Isolde's Tower), the Quays Bar, the Foggy Dew, Eamonn Doran's and the Purty Kitchen(formerly Bad Bobs).

Two squares have been renovated in recent years — Meetinghouse Square and the central Temple Bar Square. The Temple Bar Book Market is held on Saturdays and Sundays in Temple Bar Square.

Meetinghouse Square, which takes its name from the nearby Quaker Meeting House, is used for outdoor film screenings in the summer months. Since summer 2004, Meetinghouse Square is also home to the Speaker's Square project (an area of Public speaking) and to the Temple Bar Food Market every Saturday.

The Cow's Lane Market is a fashion and design market which takes place on Cow's Lane every Saturday.

Dux & Co - New Restaurant On wellington Quay [Dublin-248]

Dux & Co - New Restaurant On wellington Quay [Dublin 249]

The Golden Wok - Chinese Restaurant On Cathedral Road (Cork City)

My Favourite Chinese Restaurant In Cork City - The Ambassador

Hillbilly's Chicken Restaurant - Grand Parade (Cork City)

Golden Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant - St. Patrick's Street Cork

Aroma Chinese Restaurant - 5/6 Emmet Place,

Last year i visited this restaurant twice during my visit but unfortunately I did not get a chance to visit this year.

Aroma Chinese Restaurant

Aroma Chinese Restaurant by infomatique
Aroma Chinese Restaurant, a photo by infomatique on Flickr.

Aroma Chinese Restaurant

Aroma Chinese Restaurant by infomatique
Aroma Chinese Restaurant, a photo by infomatique on Flickr.

Tung Sing Chinese Restaurant - St. Patrick's Street

St Patrick's Street is the main shopping street in Cork, Ireland. Since its redevelopment in 2004, it has twice won the award as Ireland's best shopping street.

The street itself runs in a curve from Saint Patrick's Quay to Daunt Square, where it meets Grand Parade. Saint Patrick's Street gets its curved shape because it is built over an arm of the River Lee. It is home to a number of notable retail outlets such as Debenhams , Penneys, Dunnes Stores, Marks and Spencers and Brown Thomas.

Soon Fatt Chinese Take Away - Bray Town In County Wicklow (Ireland)

Bray is a town in north County Wicklow, Ireland. It is a busy urban centre and seaside resort, with a population of 31,872 making it the fourth largest in Ireland (excluding the five cities) as of the 2011 census. It is situated about 20 km (10 mi) south of Dublin on the east coast.

Bray is home to Ireland's only dedicated film studios, Ardmore Studios, where films such as Excalibur, Braveheart, and Breakfast on Pluto have been shot.

In medieval times, Bray was on the border of the coastal district, governed directly by the English crown from Dublin Castle, known as the Pale.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, Bray was still a small fishing village, but during the latter part of the 18th century, the Dublin middle classes began to move to Bray to escape city life, while still being relatively close to the city.

The Dublin and Kingstown Railway, the first in Ireland, opened in 1834 and was extended as far as Bray in 1854. With the railway, the town grew to become the largest Irish seaside resort.

The outbreak of World War II put the industry 'on hold' for its duration. However, during the 1950s tourists from England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland returned to Bray in great numbers to escape the austerity of post-war rationing. The town's career as a resort declined from the 1960s onwards when foreign travel became an option for large numbers of people.

Golden Elephant Chinese Restaurant In Dun Laoghaire

Historically Dún Laoghaire has always been a 'Gateway to Ireland', Dún Laoghaire gets its name from the Irish translation Fort (Dún) of Laoghaire. It was once the seat of King Laoghaire, the ancient High King of Ireland before the Vikings sailed from Scandinavia and established themselves in Dublin.

When the English later arrived in the late 11th century, they renamed the town Dunlary (Dunleary) to suit the English tongue. In 1821 it was renamed Kingstown by King George IV of England to honour his visit to the town that year.

It remained Kingstown through Victorian times until in 1921, one year before the Irish won their independence from Britain, when the town council voted to change the name back to the ancient Irish name Dún Laoghaire. The person most responsible for this was the Irish martyr Patrick Moran, who was commemorated with the naming of Moran Park.

A town with a rich and complex heritage, its very name has often led to some confusion, which persists to this day - it is often spelled without a space between the two words, Dunlaoghaire, or even Dun Laoire, but its most common form is Dun Laoghaire.

Hoho Chinese Restaurant - Rathmines Area Of Dublin

Rathmines is a suburb on the southside of Dublin, about 3 kilometres south of the city centre. It effectively begins at the south side of the Grand Canal and stretches along the Rathmines Road as far as Rathgar to the south, Ranelagh to the east and Harold's Cross to the west.

Rathmines is well-known across Ireland as part of a traditionally known "flatland" - providing rented accommodation to newly arrived junior civil servants and third level students coming from outside the city since the 1930s. In more recent times, Rathmines has diversified its housing stock and many houses have been gentrified by the wealthier beneficiaries of Ireland's economic boom of the 1990s. Rathmines, nonetheless, is often said to have a cosmopolitan air, and has a diverse international population and has always been home to groups of new immigrant communities and indigenous ethnic minorities.

New Restaurant On Dame Street

New Restaurant On Dame Street

New Restaurant On Dame Street - Beirut Express

Little Italy - Smithfield

Little Italy - Smithfield by infomatique
Little Italy - Smithfield, a photo by infomatique on Flickr.

Little Italy was first established as a retail business and catered mainly for the local Italian community. We specialise in wholesale and retail and mainly cater for average house holds, restaurants and hotels.

Little Italy is now a leading fine food and wine specialist, carrying an extensive range of cheeses, cured-meats, coffee, olive oil, pasta, tomatoes, preserved vegetables, confectionery, mineral water and a selection of Italian wines.

Many Italian specialties now found in Irish food stores (Sundried Tomatoes, Pesto, Balsamic Vinegar, Specialty Pastas, Parma Ham, Panettone etc.) were first imported by Little Italy and introduced through Italian Restaurants and Delicatessens.

Urban Decay At The Corner Of Russell Street - Dublin City Centre (North)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Greenes Restaurant Maynooth

Greenes Restaurant Maynooth

Greene’s restaurant has changed completely over the past year or so. A big makeover, new chef and menu and a deli that serves crepes and light meals.


Kilmacud - China Sichuan Restaurant (Ceased Trading)

China Sichuan Restaurant - Some Sad News.
On the day that I took this photograph I had a chat with the waiter who served me lunch and he indicated that he was very unhappy about the fact that the owners had decided to leave their current location after 23 years. They were planning to re-locate to Sandyford Industrial Estate which he described as being a very depressing location. He believed that the move was a bad mistake and two years later he was proved to be correct. On the 19th. of February 2010 I read in the Irish Times the the restaurant closed for business last Saturday.

Bella Cuba Restaurant - Ballsbridge

Bella Cuba Restaurant opened its doors to the public of Dublin, Ireland and in fact the world in 1999. It is a family Owned Restaurant with 100% Cuban Staff. The head chef and owner Juan Carlos Jimenez is very proud of the family business since Bella Cuba is The first and only Cuban restaurant in Ireland. Bella Cuba Restaurant has been recommended by many established critics and guides and have received many awards for their contribution in to food quality, service & presentation.

With great success in Ireland the family crossed the Atlantic & opened their second restaurant in South Beach, Miami, April of 2005. This Bella Cuba has many of its original traits of fine dining and extensive menus. Although the Miami restaurant is only open one year it has received much media attention and has already received great reviews from The Miami Herald and Sunpost Newspapers. The family expresses great interest in expanding their fine restaurant network in California, San Diego and Texas in the near future.

Our restaurants are Made especially for the clients comfort & so that everyone who visits our restaurant will be love the modern tropical atmosphere & the Cuban classics in the background.

All this is combined to give our restaurants a kossy feeling. With our extensive wine list in excess of 50 exclusively selected different types of wines to Havana Club & Matusalem authentic Cuban rums to the unique wide range of fresh Cuban cigars & extended cocktails list, everything you would like on the perfect night. Visit one of our restaurants soon to experience Cuban food with a flare & taste, great service & best quality like you’ve never tasted before.

Crystal Boat Chinese Restaurant

Grand Canal Square, an exciting new urban space in Dublin's Docklands, was opened in June 2007. The square is located at Grand Canal Dock on the south side of the river Liffey between Sir John Rogerson's Quay and Pearse Street.

Designed by American Landscape Architect, Martha Schwartz and developed by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, the 10,000 sq metre square is one of the largest paved public spaces in Dublin city. The €8 million project is among the most innovative landscape design projects ever undertaken in Ireland and Grand Canal Square is expected to become a key cultural destination for Docklands and the city.

Grand Canal Square is located at the west end of Grand Canal Dock with one side facing out on to the water. The recently completed tinted glass office building designed by Duffy Mitchell O'Donoghue - No.1 Grand Canal Square - is on the south side, with the Daniel Libeskind designed Grand Canal Theatre on the east side and the Manual Aires Matues designed 5-star hotel on the north side of the Square. There will be shops, cafés and restaurants at ground floor level. Already, the first of these have arrived with ely-hq, Fresh and the art gallery, Urban Retreat already trading successfully. The Square is built over an underground car park at the centre of the Grand Canal Dock development area.

The Square features a striking composition of a red "carpet" extending from the theatre into and over the dock. This is crossed by a green "carpet" of paving with lawns and vegetation. The red "carpet" is made of bright red resin-glass paving covered with red glowing angled light sticks. The green "carpet" of polygon-shaped planters filled with marsh like vegetation provides seating and will connect the new hotel to the office development across the square.

Grand Canal Square is also criss-crossed by granite-paved paths that allow movement across it in any possible direction, while still allowing for the Square to host major public events such as festivals and performances. The layout can accommodate a diverse range of activities throughout the day and night.

Restaurant In Howth

Restaurant In Howth by infomatique
Restaurant In Howth, a photo by infomatique on Flickr.